Beloved stories come alive in a celebration of friendship, learning, and growing up.
More animated tales from the Scholastic Video Collection. While, for some, the books themselves may prove to be the best source of enjoyment for these stories, most adapt quite well to their often uniquely animated form. This particular release, Good Night, Gorilla and More Bedtime Stories, presents a medley of nighttime narratives.
Good Night, Gorilla (9 min, 1998)
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (7 min, 2002)
Happy Birthday, Moon (7 min, 1985)
The Napping House (4 min, 1985)
Presented in 1.33:1 full frame format, the transfers of these films range from chaste to crap. Two of the main features—Happy Birthday, Moon and The Napping House—look like their negatives were left in the driveway and run over multiple times by the family station wagon. The three bonus tales are the most unsullied of the collection, with bright, vivid colors and little sign of dirt or degradation. The Dolby 2.0 audio tracks are serviceable enough for animated shorts with little more than a narrative and musical underscore. Although the dirtier the print, the dirtier the track.
The bonus materials included feature three stories from three different decades. Why these three did not receive top billing is anyone's guess. Okay, so they're not bedtime related, but each is a gem.
The Paperboy (8 min, 2000)
Patrick (7 min, 1968)
The Hat (6 min, 1970)
The remaining bonus materials, like the other Scholastic Video releases, include a read-along feature (nothing more than English subtitles) and a studio trailer.
At $14.95, I will not fault New Video for bringing these diverse tales to children who may have otherwise never experienced them. However, I will question the thought behind how they are being released. Drop the unoriginal, vanilla stories and go for the ones that leave a strong, vivid impression. Oh well, as Dennis Miller would say, "That's just my opinion. I could be wrong." This court is adjourned.
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Studio: Scholastic Video
• Bonus Stories: "The Paperboy," "Patrick," and "The Hat"
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